First responders and emergency managers are urging residents in Morgan County, Hancock, Md. and the surrounding area to prepare for flash flooding and river flooding that is likely to result from the local arrival of a storm system tied to Hurricane Ida. That system is expected to drop 4-6 inches of rain between tonight, Tuesday, August 31 and tomorrow evening, Wednesday, September 1 over the area. There is a potential for 8 inches of rain to fall in certain portions of the area. All of those predictions add up to the likelihood of small stream flash flooding and minor to moderate flooding of the Cacapon and Potomac Rivers.
With a chance of intense winds with that storm system, local fire companies and the Morgan County Office of Emergency Management is advising local residents to prepare for the chance of power outages by making sure they have necessary supplies, medication, non-perishable food and water.
Several events have already been postponed due to the expected weather. Morgan County School officials sent out a message to student families on Tuesday afternoon advising that it may be necessary to dismiss students early on Wednesday, September 1 or delay the start of school on Thursday, September 2 if local roads are flooded or covered.
More information about the movement of the storm and the Flash Flood Watch is available from the National Weather Service .
River gage data for the Potomac River at Paw Paw can be viewed here:https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lwx&gage=paww2
River gage data for the Potomac River at Hancock can be viewed here https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lwx&gage=hnkm2